Re: Why does autoconf depend on autoconf2.13?
On Wed, Mar 20, 2002 at 10:45:16AM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> Phil Edwards <email@example.com> writes:
> > Looking over the 'dpkg -L' output, it appears that all the files needed by
> > autoconf (now at 2.53) are provided in that package. It doesn't appear --
> > AFAICT -- to use anything from autoconf2.13.
> > So I tried to purge autoconf2.13 but dpkg bitched at me. I'm curious why.
> I'm making autoconf depend on autoconf2.13 until we make a
> release. People bitch at me about this on a regular basis, but
> their old autoconf scripts still work because the wrapper script
> will fall back to 2.13.
Ah, okay. That makes sense.
> When we release the next Debian, I'll remove the dependency.
> Then people will bitch at me because their old scripts will no
> longer work because they forgot to install autoconf 2.13.
> Trust me, there is no way to win here.
Oh, I'm not really complaining. (It's kind of odd with the dependancy
and the diversions, but the reasoning is sound.) I wasn't even aware of
autoconf-wrapper (that's a Debianism, right?), until I noticed that it
seemed to be the only thing present in 2.13 and not present in 2.5x.
Now I need to go bitch at the auto*make* packager, because there's a new
(1.4p5) upstream version that hasn't been uploaded in something like 2.odd
months, and no responses to people's bugs in the logs. :-)
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